Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Update: CFLs, Migraines & the Law


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Late last week I received a letter from my Congressman's office with positive information about the light bulb issue affecting migraineurs (Eliminating Light Bulb Ban). Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, light bulbs that don't meet minimum efficiency standards will be phased out by 2014. In their current form incandescent light bulbs would no longer be manufactured and most people would turn to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Unfortunately CFLs are a migraine trigger for some people.

According to a Congressional Research Service study (Lighting Efficiency in the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007), companies who currently make incandescent light bulbs are working hard to update their technology so their products will meet the minimum standards. It certainly benefits them to get their products updated since they will only be able to sell them by doing so. It's great news for us because we already know it's an option that works well for people living with migraines. According to the study both Philips and GE are working on incandescent bulbs that will meet the minimum standards.

When it's all said and done the 2007 law should be positive for everyone. Rather than eliminating a safe option for people with health conditions like migraines the new standards are encouraging manufacturers to push themselves to increase the energy efficiency of their products. Anyone who is concerned about mercury in CFLs will have options for avoiding the possibility of exposure to that substance, too.

A big shout out to Congressman Dennis Moore and his wonderful staff. If only he was running for re-election.

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